[MARMAM] Marine mammal volunteer research assistants required in Broadhaven Bay, Co. Mayo, Ireland

Aoife Foley aoifefoley09 at gmail.com
Thu Jul 21 01:28:26 PDT 2016

*Marine mammal volunteer research assistants required in Broadhaven Bay,
Co. Mayo, Ireland.*

The Marine Ecology Group at MaREI, University College Cork, is seeking
*three* volunteer research assistants for the 2016 field season. Volunteers
are required to carry out research on marine mammals in Broadhaven Bay, Co.
Mayo, Ireland between August – September 2016. Research assistants will be
required to conduct cliff-based monitoring surveys, office related tasks
and stranding’s surveys. This presents an opportunity to work within a team
of experienced researchers and gain experience in field techniques for
marine mammal surveys, while contributing to a larger program of marine
mammal research.


25 August 2016 – 25th September 2016

Due to training requirements, preference will be given to applicants who
can commit for the full month.


Research assistants will be based in a shared house on the Mullet
Peninsula, Co. Mayo. The house, which doubles as the office, is approx. 7km
from the town of Belmullet, where there are supermarkets, cafes, pubs,
banks, etc. Accommodation will be shared with up to 7 people so good
teamwork and interpersonal skills are imperative. The Mullet Peninsula is a
stunning location on the world famous Wild Atlantic Way, boasting some of
the nicest, and untouched, beaches in Ireland. Applicants must be aware
that the Mullet Peninsula is geographically very remote with limited
facilities and variable weather patterns with rain, wind and generally
stormy conditions possible year-round. Expect to spend time in the office
when conditions are less than ideal as field work will not be possible in
these circumstances, however there will be plenty of opportunity to explore
the surrounding area, which is an ideal location for those who enjoy
surfing, hiking and wildlife. Just be aware if you do not have your own
car, accessibility of the surrounding area can be limited.


Volunteers will work in shifts and all field work is weather-dependent and
can be cancelled with short notice by the site leader if conditions are not
ideal. A structured schedule will be set up with rotations of field duties,
time off and specific duties for each person. Field work will include
conducting cliff-based surveys from two sites in Broadhaven Bay using
theodolites. There will be the need to respond to stranding’s in the area
and to conduct complete necropsies when appropriate. The rest of the time
will be spent in the office on data entry and analysis duties. There may be
a public outreach and education component as well which will include
interpreting marine mammal biology to the local community.


The project budget will cover accommodations at the project house and
transportation to and from the field site for surveys. Interns will be
responsible for their own food, transportation to and from the research
station, entertainment and free time expenses.



Genuine interest in marine mammal biology, the marine environment and

Advanced computer proficiency in MS Office (Excel, Word)

Excellent verbal and communication skills

Enthusiasm and a positive attitude to hard work and long hours in the field
in inclement weather

Ability to work well both in a team and independently

Flexibility and patience as fieldwork is highly weather dependent

Excellent English language skills

Moderate level of fitness – there is a 25-minute hike carrying gear to the
cliff sites.

*Highly Desirable*

Driving Licence and car

Familiarity with theodolite use, GPS equipment and software

Prior experience with R, ArcGIS and C-POD software

Enrolled in or completed a degree in Biology, Marine Biology, Environmental
Science, Animal Behaviour, Ecology, Zoology or related fields

Previous field research experience, particularly marine research

Previous experience of working in remote locations as part of a small team

A strong interest and knowledge of marine mammals


To apply, please send a copy of your CV (including two relevant referees
and their contact details) and a brief (max 250 words) cover letter with a
description of yourself and your experience to *Aoife Foley
(aoifefoley at ucc.ie <aoifefoley at ucc.ie>)*. Applications will be accepted
until the positions have been filled.

*Aoife Foley*

Research Assistant

MaREI Centre
Beaufort Building - Environmental Research Institute (ERI)
University College Cork
Haulbowline Rd
Co. Cork
Mobile: (+353) 085 827 6984

Email: *aoifefoley at ucc.ie <aoifefoley at ucc.ie>*

Skype: Aoife.Foley23

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